Nike Says It Supports Sha’Carri Richardson After Failed Drug Test and Olympic Suspension 

Nike is sticking by American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson after her month-long suspension from her team, which will see her miss the Olympics 100-meter race after failing a drug test.

The company, which has a partnership with Richardson, said Friday, “We appreciate Sha’Carri’s honesty and accountability and will continue to support her through this time,” according to ESPN’s Aaron Dodson.,

Richardson told TODAY that the only reason she smoked was to cope with the news that her biological mother passed away, which was revealed to her by a reporter.

“I would like to say to my fans and my family and my sponsorships and to the haters too: I apologize. As much as I’m disappointed, I know [this] doesn’t represent myself or the community that has shown me great support and great love,” she said. “And to y’all, I feel y’all and I apologize… I [didn’t] know how to deal with my emotions and control my emotions during that time.”

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced that her victory at last month’s Olympic trials was vacated, REVOLT reported.

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